Continuing Competence Glossary

Activity Specific Test (AST or option) - comprises 8 questions on the specific competence which need to be maintained.

CIWM/WAMITAB Continuing Competence – designed to ensure that the technically competent person on a waste site has knowledge and skills that keep pace with changes made across the waste management industry

Competence Cardis issued free of charge by WAMITAB as evidence of competence and can be shown to Environment Agency or Natural Resources Wales when working onsite.

Continuing Competence Certificate (CCC)  is an official document which gives details of a learner’s achievements to prove that they have maintained their competence.

Environment Agency (EA) - an Executive Non-departmental Public Body responsible to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Aims are to protect and improve the environment, and to promote sustainable development.

Generic Knowledge Test (GKT or generic)comprising 18 questions on legislation, environmental protection and health and safety.

Learning Outcomes  what you will achieve/be able to do/understand as a result of learning

Natural Resources Walesis the principal adviser to the Welsh Government on the environment, enabling the sustainable development of Wales’ natural resources for the benefit of people, the economy and wildlife. 

Operator Competence Scheme Certificates (also known as Certificate of Technical Competence, VRQ, 4 unit certificate, 6 unit certificate, CoTC or WAMITAB) – is an official document which gives detail of a learner’s qualifications or units which demonstrate they are technically competent with the knowledge and skills to comply with Environmental Permitting Regulations (2007).

Pearson Vue – the company that administers the Continuing Competence Tests

Previously Exempt Waste Activities – many now require an environmental permit and operators must demonstrate they are competent to hold a permit. Further guidance is available from The Environment Agency.

Qualification – recognition for skills, knowledge, experience, competence. Qualifications provide a benchmark for ability and allow a person to demonstrate ability in a recognised way.

Syllabus – a summary of the subjects in a course of study or teaching

Technically Competent Managers (TCMs) – holds a certificate of technical competence, units or a qualification that is part of the operator competence scheme

Unit  these are small chunks of learning/assessment covering a subject area. Units are split into Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria.

WAMITAB ID Cardthis card is issued free of charge by WAMITAB and can be used as a form of personal identification for your test if you do not have a driving license or passport.